os could not load c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll. error 0. unable to load dynamic link module shell32

i am new to the forum,  but a long tome MS user. i am running  MS PowerDraft 2004 Edition 08.05.02.35 . i am replacing my old PC computer (8 years old) with a dell OptiPlex 790.

i have loaded the MS V8 software and i am having a few issues and not sure if they are related. However, I first install V7 by mistake and i uninstalled it.

1. there are two MS program options…when I go to the windows start button to program files – MS and MS (high security) why is that?

2. receiving this message "os could not load c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll. error 0. unable to load dynamic link module shell32" in a DOS window but MS opens

3. I will post this separately but wanted to mention in case it’s all related. When I select text to edit the text does not appear in the word processor….its invisible. In addition, it is VERY slow to load. When I click the reset button, the text disappears from the drawing

Any help is much appreciated!

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  • LynnHere said:
    I am replacing my old PC computer (8 years old) with a dell OptiPlex 790

    What operating system is installed on the new Dell?

    LynnHere said:
    I first install V7 by mistake and i uninstalled it

    You can run V7 and V8 side-by-side.  However, be aware that V7 is not certified for newer versions of the Windows operating system.  V7 is, after all, over ten years obsolescent.

    LynnHere said:
    There are two MS program options

    V8 operates in normal mode, similar to your experience with V7.  It can also operate in high-security mode: see MicroStation help or this thread for additional info.  If you are not required to use high-security mode by your employer, then I suggest that you delete that shortcut.  You don't want inadvertently to encrypt a DGN and then find that you, or your colleagues, can't read it.

    LynnHere said:
    Receiving this message "os could not load c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll

    shell32.dll is one of Windows' essential components.  If MicroStation really can't load it then it would probably fail, and so would all other Windows applications including Explorer.  It would be helpful it you could post a screenshot that shows the exact error message that you see.

    One Question per Topic

    You've posted several different questions in one thread.  For clarity it would be a good idea to post one quesion per thread.  For example, whether MicroStation operates in high-security mode or not is not related to the topic of this thread, which is about shell.dll.

     
    Regards, Jon Summers
    LA Solutions

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